Southern California has so many different pockets to discover, it takes years to get familiar with all the sights. A hidden gem is the Mission Bay area near Pacific Beach and within there, the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa. You don't have to stay there to enjoy what it has to offer. The resort is polynesean-themed and when you walk inside you will be greeted by lush vegetation, waterfalls, exotic birds and tiki torches. It feels like a different part of the world inside. Outside is a little restaurant that offers excellent brunch on weekends but as you might expect, it can be crowded. Once you are finished eating, you can walk along the bay and to the other side towards the Pacific ocean. There you will find a promenade that continues for miles.